The comedian, 46, suffered a broken leg along with a traumatic brain injury after he was involved in a fatal car accident last year. He believes that he wouldn’t have the successful career he has today if it wasn’t for the funnyman, 54, paving the way in the humorous line of work for people to follow.
He said: ”He’s the reason I’m in comedy. He’s the reason I have a job. He’s the reason I have a career.”
Tracy’s tribute to him came as the actor picked up the Mark Twain Prize – American’s top accolade for humor, previously won by Ellen DeGeneres and Will Ferrell – in front of a star-studded audience on Sunday October 18, 2015 in the evening.
After picking up his award from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Eddie received a standing ovation as he thanked all involved for his prize and threw in some humor.
He said: ”I am deeply honored to receive this recognition from the Kennedy Center and to join the distinguished list of past recipients of this prize …”
He quipped: ”Actually, it’s an award, but they call it a prize. Usually when there’s a prize, there’s money.”